It has so far been a productive Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend for Tommy Tuberville and his newly formed Cincinnati staff, as Bearcat Lair learned today that UC added a second commitment from the group that recently visited the Queen City from January 18-20.
On Sunday morning, Darius Tice (RB) confirmed his commitment to play his college football in Cincinnati, and today (Monday) BCL learned that St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) star receiver, Mark Barr, had also given a verbal pledge to UC.
Barr had previously been committed to Marshall but also held reported offers from Cincinnati, Boston College, Indiana, Mississippi State, Bowling Green, UMass, Tulane and others. In all, Barr said he held eleven scholarship offers.
The senior receiver had 33 catches for 741 yards last season in helping St. Thomas Aquinas (13-2) to the Florida 7A state title. Along the way, the Raiders upset undefeated and No. 1 (nationally) ranked Bradenton Manatee 35-18 in the state semifinals. In the state championship game, Barr hauled in a 71 yard TD catch putting his club ahead 21-6, and Tallahassee Lincoln would never get any closer ultimately losing 41-25 to the seven time state champions from Port Lucie, Florida.
St. Thomas Aquinas had twelve of its players receive some sort of all-state recognition with Barr being named honorable mention. In its final poll of the year, ESPN had the Raiders ranked No. 15 in the nation.
Barr talked about his recent visit and explained why he chose the Bearcats.
“I had a good time,” he said. “I liked the players and the coaches from Cincinnati. Since a few of the coaches came from Florida State and Tennessee, they were already looking at me. I had a great time. I loved the city, and the people were amazing. I ended up committing. I’m a Bearcat.”
Barr had previously been committed to Marshall.
One of the knocks on Barr was some of his combine numbers, but he gave an update on his height, weight and speed.
“I just got weighed and everything at Cincinnati. I’m currently 6-foot-1 and 171 pounds,” he said.
Another issue was his listed 4.75 forty speed, but Barr also had an update on that statistic.
“That was three years ago, and I didn’t do any combines after that. The last one I ran was during my junior year, and I ran a 4.54. I’ve been timed in practice at 4.46.”
The four year varsity football player is also a good student and has earned a 3.4 and a 3.1 GPA on his two most recent report cards. He is currently participating on the St. Thomas Aquinas track team running the 200, 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and high jump.
Barr said he will not be taking any other official visits and will be signing his national letter of intent with Cincinnati on Wednesday, February 6.